Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt Takao is located at the borderline of warm-temperature zone and cool-temperature zone and various plants from both zones grow. There are a lot of naturally grown plants and their visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers. Over 1,500 kinds of plants are confirmed which is relevant to the number of kinds naturally grow in England. Also, over 60 kinds of plants are first found in Mt. Takao such as Takao Sumire (V. yezoensis f. discolor) and Takao Higodai (Saussurea sinuatoides).

Polygonatum lasianthum
Polygonatum lasianthum Liliaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at forest in mountain district (perennial plant takes several years to grow). Though a part of the name means ‘deep in the mountains’ (Miyama), they inhabit in the forests on the plain ground in a normal way. Though they look like Polygonatum falcatum, the differences to be characterized are the string shaped projection on the stem and wide leaf in diameter. The leaf is about 6 to 11 cm long, elliptically-shaped about 3 to 4.5 cm wide, grows alternate on the stalk. Their characteristic of a leaf is rather hard and its back is white like being flour-coated. The flowers are about 1.7 to 2 cm long white tubular corolla, and the tip of the flower petals are tinged with pale green. They are characterized by the flower filament (Kashi), the stalk of a stamen, where white soft glandular trichome grows in clusters. Peduncles sprout from the root of the leaves and bear 1 to 3 flowers at the top. After flowers wither, they produce the round seeds about 8 to 12 mm in diameter. The seeds get matured to become dark purple color in autumn.

●Season  Mid May to about Early June
●Height  about 30 to 60 cm
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 4, Mt.Inari
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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